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    Question (Springfield you) Sucks

    I heard a sentence - Springfield you sucks from the American cartoon - The Simpsons. I often heard the word - sucks in some people's dialogue, but I don't really understand what it means. Here're two entries I excerpted from my dictionary. I think they might be close to the context.

    # 1 Vulgar Slang To perform fellatio on.

    # 2 Vulgar Slang To be disgustingly disagreeable or offensive.

    Does 'suck' mean quite disagreeable here? If something sucks, does it mean something peforms fellation so that is disgusting?

    Btw, why is the verb -suck in singular sucks but not 'suck' since it is after 'you'?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: (Springfield you) Sucks

    Hi, Daffodil!

    Check the following link for an explanation of the word 'sucks'.
    A defense of the word sucks. - By Seth Stevenson - Slate Magazine

    As for Homer Simpson, are you sure you didn't hear him say 'Springfield, you suck!'? It is highly unlikely a native speaker would ever say 'Springfield, you sucks!'. However, it would be correct to say 'Springfield sucks!'.

    Cheers,
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    Last edited by Amigos4; 12-Dec-2008 at 08:01. Reason: Added additional sentence.

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    Default Re: (Springfield you) Sucks

    Hi Amigo,

    Thank you for your help.

    Have a good day!

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    Default Re: (Springfield you) Sucks

    No, no, no, no, no.

    That's "Springfield U sucks." He means that Springfield University sucks!

    Get it right.

    And sucks does not necessarily refer to oral sex any more than stinks has to refer to a smell. It's just an all-purpose pejorative.

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    Default Re: (Springfield you) Sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Btw, why is the verb -suck in singular sucks but not 'suck' since it is after 'you'?

    Thanks!
    Again: Not you. U.

    Springfield University sucks.

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    Default Re: (Springfield you) Sucks

    Charlie:

    Thank you for your answers. I got it.

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    Default Re: (Springfield you) Sucks

    I agree with Charlie that the verb "suck" is now common, and has lost some of its shocking character, but I would avoid it until you're a near native speaker, as it will strike some listeners as a reference to oral sex, as in "this movie blows".

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    Default Re: (Springfield you) Sucks

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I agree with Charlie that the verb "suck" is now common, and has lost some of its shocking character, but I would avoid it until you're a near native speaker, as it will strike some listeners as a reference to oral sex, as in "this movie blows".
    It's highly informal. Barack Obama will never say that the American health care system sucks. But he might agree with you if you say it.

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    Default Re: (Springfield you) Sucks

    Before becoming an international star, Barry Manilow earned a fairly good living writing commercial jingles (e.g., "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there").

    The Hoover Company asked him to write a jingle for its vacuum cleaners. They didn't especially appreciate the tag line he came up with, however accurate it was: "Hoover really sucks."

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